"[Paul Hilton] is an excellent attorney...He is one of the leading practitioners, without doubt." This is one of many accolades Paul has received year after year from legal ranking programs like Chambers USA. He is known throughout the corporate legal field and targeted industries for his thorough understanding of the intricacies within corporate transactions, experience that far exceeds his competitors, and a track record of proven success.

As a leader of the firm's U.S. Public Company practice, Paul counsels companies in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, engineering and construction, mining, restaurants, technology, and software. He advises public and private companies in corporate, securities, and merger and acquisition matters. He represents companies seeking to go public, public companies, private equity firms, investment banking firms, and public and private acquirers and targets in acquisition transactions. He also regularly counsels complex debt and equity offerings, including both U.S. and cross-border transactions, securities law compliance issues, fiduciary duty for boards of directors and committees, and complex corporate governance matters, including dealing with activist investors.

Paul has received a #1 ranking from Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A every year since 2004 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for many years as well.

According to Chambers, clients say, "He has decades of experience, and has very deep expertise in corporate and securities matters, as well as commercial transactions of all kinds. In addition to having the technical expertise in these areas, he is very practical in rendering advice and coming up with solutions. He has excellent communications skills, both in respect of transaction negotiations, and communications with our board and management."

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2006-2015, 2018-2019

Colorado Super Lawyers


Top Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions


Corporate/M&A (Colorado)
Chambers USA


Corporate Law
The Best Lawyers in America


International Trade and Finance
The Best Lawyers in America


Securities/Capital Markets
The Best Lawyers in America


Mergers and Acquisitions
The Best Lawyers in America


People's Choice Securities Lawyer
Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado


Capital Markets: Debt Offerings; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
Legal 500 US


People's Choice Best Corporate Law Lawyer
Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado


BTI Client Service All-Star MVP (one of 41 in the country)
BTI Consulting Group


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group


The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1977

M.A., University of Colorado, 1977

B.A., University of Colorado, with honors, 1972

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York

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